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1  Re: Tagline advice in Get Product and Website Opinions by CraftyChef on: October 02, 2011 12:26:13 PM
The patchwork background is way too busy for anything to go on top of it, plus because there are light colors and dark colors (the "stitching), meaning you could never pick a font or other image that will truly stand out since the light colors or the dark colors will absorb whatever is placed on top. Those are the fundamental problems with the whole ensemble. I would make the background less busy and more monotone, giving you a much more professional appearance. The cotton is an odd style of graphic and doesn't fit in with a lot of other styles, but if you turn it into more of an icon it works much better, I think.

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2  Re: Business Name thread - Get opinions and ideas about names for your business! in Crafty Business Discussion by CraftyChef on: July 23, 2011 07:40:54 AM
A name, by itself, can't do anything for you. An example is Rolls Royce. By itself, it seems a silly name that could emblazon a used car lot, but it's not easy to think of it that way because of their reputation for luxury. It's the name that represents the reputation, not the other way around.

Back in my day, every kid was exposed to the word "dauphin" via the Joan of Arc history. I don't know if kids get a whiff of it these days, since God is pretty taboo in public schools now. My advice, though, would be to eliminate unnecessary and easily-mispronounced words and go for a more phonetic spelling (or a play on phonetic) then you could have a more unique name that's all yours. A simple example:


You can't expect people to feel the same way you do about Marie Antoinette or any name you pick - and many times they don't "feel" anything at all. Sometimes you have to pull away from your emotions and look at things more objectively. A name that can be remembered easily and a product line that kicks butt has a good chance for success (providing you also have a kick-butt marketing plan). Don't get hung up on all the emotions that are clearly holding you back. Leave the passions for the creation side of it.
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3  Re: Creating my own logo...need help! in Crafty Business Discussion by CraftyChef on: June 05, 2011 07:21:59 AM
I thought I posted something here before; anyway, I'd be happy to help you out for free, just send me a message. I think you should keep the name since it motivated you well enough to give it a shot. Learning GIMP is fine if you want to play with graphics more than make stuff. Once you have a business card, that's pretty much all you need.

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4  Re: Need some help figuring out how to do this... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by CraftyChef on: April 19, 2011 04:58:20 AM
I don't like doing those recessed zippers - too floopy and and fabric bunches up on the sides, which my machine won't sew through very well. I found my own way, and it's easy and it works great!
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5  Re: Please let me know what you think of my logo ideas in Get Product and Website Opinions by CraftyChef on: August 03, 2010 05:45:34 PM
The "fancier" font in the last one, the "b" looks a little like an "h", so I'd go with some other font for that. Guess you're going for a button, then. What about something a little less old fashioned? Sorry, it's good exercise for me. The bottom one is just "eh", but in many cases, simplicity is the best cure.
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6  Matching bag accessories - good idea, bad idea? in Get Product and Website Opinions by CraftyChef on: February 07, 2009 05:32:58 AM
I personally love matching stuff with a bag, what do you guys think? I'm only doing cashless/card wallets and not more complicated ones because I can spend hours looking for the perfect wallet for myself and not find anything (I actually only carry a card wallet because I never carry cash anymore anyway), so  making a matching cash/change/card wallets have me in a bit of a conundrum.

Would you want just the bag, having a pile of your own accessories you'd want to use, or are you interested in matching stuff?
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7  My first handbags critiquey time! in Get Product and Website Opinions by CraftyChef on: October 05, 2008 05:21:46 AM
I am really excited to have gotten my new sewing machine out of its precious box (almost broke it getting it out - yippee!) and slapping together some cool bags. The material I used here were actually some dollar store vinyl-front pillows I thought were really cool. On the hot dog one I was going to put buttons on the ends of the handles, but sort of liked how the stitching added to the kitsch of it. What do you think? These are all reinforced stitching with interfacing and pockets and are rock solid bags. Picture below, but the link here will show back and insides (sort of; I didn't have an extra pair of hands to hold the bag open!):

http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p140/chefmargt2e/The%20Pocket%20Shop%20at%20Etsy/



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8  Re: feedback on my website/product/pricing please!! in Get Product and Website Opinions by CraftyChef on: August 31, 2008 05:58:57 AM
I was thinking more like this:



Simplify. Two tags rolled into one, and I don't think you need a photo there. You've got the girl with stuff in her hair already. It definitely gets the point across.
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9  Re: Would be really grateful for opinions.. a sort of mini vote in Get Product and Website Opinions by CraftyChef on: May 20, 2008 03:44:45 PM
I think with all the sections and sidebars and things you need to direct your visitor's eyes to what's important - the store. Keep them focused on the page. I think the black draws your eyes away from the page. I sort of like the gray polkas, but it's too distracting:

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10  Re: business name/logo advise in Crafty Business Discussion by CraftyChef on: March 08, 2008 04:35:15 PM
That looks like you scanned a piece of material and tried to scratch a heart out of it. That's impractical for a lot of reasons. You'd be better off starting with a vector graphic (that's basically a shape made by curves; a drawing rather than a picture):



The text you have looks might awkward also. I would use a more robust and easier to read font. This one's just an example, I think the font has copyrights, in any case. If you want the heart I can send it to you in various formats; color, black and white, a resizeable, etc.
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